Today is Good Friday, the two thousand-thirteenth anniversary of the birth of the Church. I always feel sad on this day because of the horrific brutality of Jesus Crucifixion, which was actually the event that ended the sacrificial era and birthed the Church.
The Bible refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ. Notice how similar in birth (creation) both the first wife (Eve) and the Spiritual Bride of Christ took place.
Genesis 2:21-25; God put Adam to sleep, opened his one side, took a rib from it, closed up the wound again and made Woman, the first bride.
St. John 19:34; One of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, and blood and water came out of the wound.
Ephesians 5:25-33; Christ loved the Church and gave Himself (His Blood) for it that He might sanctify it with the washing of water by the Word. We (the Bride) are members of His Body, of His flesh and of his bones (spiritual marriage.) That gives us good reason to rejoice, and is what makes this day a Good Friday!